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The spirit of the north: actress Holliday Grainger talks to Northern Soul

January 18, 2020 No Comments

It’s not all about the glamour when you’re a famous actress, as I find out when I chat to Holliday Grainger. “I was in Mauritius yesterday and now I’m in Blackburn,” she tells me.

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“Our biggest enemy is apathy.” Northern Soul talks to environmentalist Angus Forbes

January 15, 2020 No Comments

As I write this, Australia is on fire while the South of England struggles with another bout of severe flooding.

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Resist: Stories of Uprising

Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

January 6, 2020 Comments Off on Book Review: Resist – Stories of Uprising

At the time of writing, we’re five days into a new decade and our Prime Minister seems to be missing, we’re teetering on the edge of war and part of the world is literally on fire.

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Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2019

December 29, 2019 Comments Off on Northern Soul’s Best Reads of 2019

As we approach the end of 2019 (and the beginning of another decade) it’s tricky to remain optimistic – what with Brexit, a general election and a climate crisis. Nevertheless, this year wasn’t all fire and brimstone. If you’re a bookworm or a writer, 2019 was full of great news and excellent reads.

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The complex

Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

It was Philip K. Dick, burning amphetamines and racing for deadlines, who first staked out the paranoiac territory of fiction where rabbit holes lead to competing realities, a frontier colonised further by the likes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Dick, however, had a parallel career, one more down to earth in all senses of that phrase, in which the dramas were firmly rooted in the incontestable every day.

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The Raven Wheel

Book Review: The Raven Wheel by A.F. Stone

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Raven Wheel by A.F. Stone

This week a Twitter debate surfaced regarding the legitimacy of Young Adult fiction (and romance novels) being studied on a Higher Education course.

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Book Review – Have a Bleedin Guess: The Story of Hex Enduction

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Have a Bleedin Guess: The Story of Hex Enduction

Albums are now commonly accepted as a bona fide art form, but make no mistake, some are more bona fide than others.

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Second Nature – what is nature anyway?

Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Second Nature – what is nature anyway? The Portico Library, Manchester

Did you know there’s a secret garden tucked away in an historic Manchester Library within walking distance from Piccadilly Gardens?

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Review: Simon Armitage, Ilkley Literature Festival, King’s Hall

November 1, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Simon Armitage, Ilkley Literature Festival, King’s Hall

It came as no surprise to hear that Simon Armitage was opening Ilkley Literature Festival.

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Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

When it comes to novels, there’s an art to research.

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